Restoring dignity : responding to child abuse in Canadian institutions
Xwi7xwa Library, University of British Columbia

Law Commission of Canada.
"It is often said that children are our future. How we treat our children and how we allow them to be treated reveal much about ourselves and about our values as a society. Over the past ten to fifteen years, child abuse has surfaced as a painful issue for Canadians. With greater public discussion has come greater awareness that children have been abused not only in their homes and communities, but also in institutions where they were placed for their education, welfare, rehabilitation or even protection. Many of these institutions were run by, or on behalf of, federal, provincial and territorial governments. As increasing numbers of survivors of institutional child abuse1 reach adulthood and achieve a clear understanding of the harm done to them, they are finding a public voice to describe their experiences, to express the pain they have suffered, and to seek an accounting from those who they claim are responsible.

The scope and seriousness of the allegations have caused governments, and religious and other organisations to ask how best to respond. Classical legal processes – criminal prosecutions of wrongdoers and civil actions to recover damages – seem inadequate to fully address the consequences of past institutional child abuse" (p.1, Restoring Dignity).

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Alternate Title(s)
Responding to child abuse in Canadian institutions
Part I - Issues -- A. Why a report on institutional child abuse? -- B. What children experienced -- C. Residential schools for Aboriginal children -- D. Needs identified -- Part II - Responses -- A. Criteria of assessment, approaches to redress and guiding principles -- B. The criminal justice process -- C. Civil actions -- D. Criminal injuries compensation programs -- E. Ex gratia payments -- F. Ombudsman offices -- G. Children's advocates and commissions -- H. Public inquiries -- I. Truth commissions and similar processes to address systemic human rights abuses -- J. Community initiatives -- K. Redress programs -- L. Maintaining a diversity of approaches to providing redress -- Part III - Commitments -- A. Prevention -- B. Reflections -- Recommendations -- Appendix A: Minister's letter -- Appendix B: Bibliography.
Issued also in French under title: La dignité retrouvée, la réparation des sévices infligés aux enfants dans des établissements canadiens.
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